|Laverty start from the front row for the 8th consecutive time
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Aprilia Factory Racing’s Eugene Laverty just missed out on pole position by 78 thousandths of a second in Superpole at Monza this afternoon.
Laverty got through into Superpole 3 with ease, finishing both SP1 and SP2 in the top five. Topping speeds of over 330 kph, the 26 year old secured a time of 1.41.301 in the closing minutes of qualifying only to be beaten by Tom Sykes with one minute of the session to go. Laverty’s front-row run continues having not been off the front row since Russia last year, 8 races ago.
Laverty declared “At one point I thought I had done it, but Tom beat me by 78 thousandths of a second. Actually second place on the front row is still an excellent result when you consider our race pace. Tomorrow I hope to be able to take advantage of the full potential of my RSV4. The Aprilias are consistently the fastest and that is an important advantage for us. Monza is a special track. Its characteristics adapt perfectly to my bike and the strong points of my riding style”.
World championship leader Sylvain Guintoli will start from the front row tomorrow, one place behind his teammate which makes this his first ever front row on the Aprilia.
Guintoli finished Superpole one fastest, looking to be in a strong position for the next two sessions. One final flying lap in Superpole 3 pushed the Frenchman up above Jonathan Rea on to the front row of the grid with a time of 1.41.542, just 0.319 behind Sykes’ scorching pole time.
Guintoli said “We did a lot of good work, preparing as best as possible in terms of race pace and tyre management. This is my best Superpole so far with Aprilia but we still haven’t taken the top spot. In any case it will be important to start from the front row tomorrow. Especially since it looks like there are several riders who can definitely make a play for the win, so I expect two heated races. Tomorrow we are looking forward to having some fun, giving the fans a good show and leaving Monza with some rich spoils”.